Trail Coordinator

Expected Dates
June 23, 2014 to June 21, 2015
Palmetto Conservation Foundation
Position ID
The Palmetto Trail is the signature project of Palmetto Conservation Foundation, a statewide non-profit based in Columbia, SC.  Conceived in 1994, South Carolina’s Palmetto Trail is the state’s largest bicycle and pedestrian project and will run from the mountains to the sea.
This federally designated Millennium Legacy Trail is the signature project of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation. It is one of only 16 cross-state trails in the United States! The Palmetto Trail is two-thirds complete with nearly 365 miles open to the public.
The trail is being built as a series of “passages.” Each of the passages open are accessible for single-day or multi-day trips. Eventually the trail will form a spine for a network of trails and bikeways in South Carolina.
The Palmetto Trail features primitive pathways along knife-edged mountaintops and treks through maritime, sandhill, and piedmont forests. Other sections are urban bikeways, greenways and rail-to-trail conversions. Two passages include Revolutionary War battlefields. Together or separate, the passages reveal the rich diversity and the history, culture and geography of the Palmetto State
This position coordinates the Lowcountry trail program and manages projects spanning over 165 miles of the Palmetto Trail.  The coordinator will work with diverse partners including the National Forest Service, State Parks and Recreation, volunteers and private landowners. This position plans, develops, and coordinates trail maintenance and development projects, and supervises and monitors in-house, contracted and volunteer trail crews.  Recruits and interviews for volunteer positions, trains and supervises large crews, and evaluates performance. Develops and coordinates a volunteer trail maintainer program on low country passage s of the Palmetto Trail. Develops and implements proposals for on-going, long term trail volunteer programs.  Creates and develops necessary re-routes and trail improvement in order to provide the best experience possible.  Prepares basic grants, requests for proposals, and contracts for trail projects.  Ideal candidate will have knowledge of easements, trail development, right of way agreements and trail maintenance.   Duties are performed under the general direction of the Executive Director of Palmetto Conservation. This position will be working alongside key trail partners and trail coordinator for the duration of the season, as well as work closely with other state trail coordinators.  Individual must be able to work independently with little oversight. 

  • The Lowcountry of South Carolina. In the Santee Region.
  • PCF will work with the selected candidate to identify numerous training opportunities. A few that are available are chainsaw certification, wilderness first aid, and advanced wilderness first aid, as well as evasive species chemical management. CPR
  • Recreational opportunities are abundant in the region. Some of the best paddling in the country is in the Lowcountry of SC. Awe inspiring creeks, swamps and the intercoastal waterway are all nearby. Mountain and road biking trails are all very close.
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Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
competent without supervision
Chain Saw Skills
competent with supervision
competent without supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent without supervision
Volunteer Coordination
competent without supervision